Horticulture Conference Set for March 28 in Texarkana, Texas

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences    

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The 3rd Annual Horticulture Conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, at the Southwest Center, in Texarkana, Texas. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m.

Among the topics and presenters are heirloom bulbs, EdWalker Parker, operator of Southern Belle Blooms, historic heirloom flower bulb harvesters; tree identification, Zaina Gates, staff forester at the Texas A&M Forest Service; and lawn and turf management, Dr. Young-Ki Jo, Texas A&M assistant professor and Extension specialist.

Landscaper Keith Kridler will discuss daffodils and cavity nesting birds; Justin Duncan, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) greenhouse manager, will cover soil re-mineralization; and Dr. Yong Park, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) assistant professor/entomologist/apiculturist will discuss pollination.

Other conference topics include tunnel or hoop houses, John Lee; and planning for retirement. The conference will also feature horticulture-related exhibits.

The Southwest Center is located at 3227 West 7th St.

Sponsored primarily by the Cooperative Extension Programs of PVAMU and UAPB, conference attendance is free, but pre-registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.

Other organizations supporting the conference include the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corp., the Master Gardeners of Bowie and Miller counties, Eva’s Garden Butterfield and Southern Belle Blooms.

For special accommodations, special needs or more information, contact the Bowie County Extension Office at (903) 628-6702 or the UAPB Miller County office at (870) 774-0446.

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